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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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This quintessential recipe for chewy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies will have you swooning!!!

Using dark brown sugar and extra vanilla gives the macadamia cookie dough an extra boost of delicious, caramel flavor! You won’t want to share!

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I’m a sucker for cookies. I think you all know that. I’m also a pushover for any treat which features white chocolate, too. So when my friend, Kate, over at Diethood, posted her version of these chewy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, I knew I had to recreate them.

She left the nuts out, but I put them right back in. Of course, for the nut-phobic husband, I made half with just white chocolate chunks.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies on a square white plate

Tips for Making Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies

I packaged up the nutty version and trekked across the Midwest to my high school reunion. I loved their questions: “Did you make these?” and “Is there butter in these?” as well as, “When will these be on your blog?” Yes, a LOT, and soon were my answers. I even got some of the health nuts to partake. They’re worth a few extra minutes on the treadmill! If you like chewy cookies, check out these pointers  before you bake up a batch:

  • PRO-Tip: To make chewy cookies, do not use a mixer to combine. A wooden spoon will do the trick without adding any excess air to the batter.
  • Use room temperature butter and eggs for the easy incorporation of the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Do not over bake your cookies or they won’t be soft. Watch for the edges to brown and the middle to look slightly underdone as the residual heat of the cookie sheet will continue the baking process after you pull the cookies out of the oven.
  • PRO-Tip: Look for a recipe with brown sugar. Dark brown sugar is even better as the extra molasses in the latter helps keep your cookies moist. Eggs and even an extra egg yolk will do the same.
  • I made white chocolate chunks by chopping up Ghirardelli white chocolate bars. White chocolate chips can be substituted if that’s your preference.

Do These Cookies Freeze Well?

Many cookies freeze well, including these macadamia cookies with white chocolate. Just cool them completely on a wire rack, then layer them in a gallon, freezer-safe Ziploc bag or an airtight container. You want to cookies to lie flat in the freezer so don’t just dump them in the bag, but instead, layer them in an orderly fashion.

I have even been known to take a straw, insert it into the small opening of an almost zipped closed bag to suck out the excess air. Kind of like a do it yourself vacuum sealer.

These cookies will be good for 3 months in the freezer, though I have frozen them even longer.

3 white chocolate macadamia nut cookies on a white plate

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This chewy white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe was originally posted in June 2014. Photos and text were updated in 2019.

3 white chocolate macadamia nut cookies on a white plate

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The best recipe for these classic White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. Adapted from Diethood

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 36 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In your mixer, cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix till combined.
  4. Gently stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture; mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Stir in the chopped white chocolate and macadamia nuts.
  6. Spoon out generous tablespoons of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are light brown. Slightly under baking will make for a chewy cookie.
  8. Remove from oven, let cool for a couple minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.


Adapted from Diethood.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g


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Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #19: If your will power isn’t strong, toss (or give away) the chips and junk food in your pantry. Instead, fill your fridge with healthier, ready to eat snacks: fruit, veggies, hummus, low-fat yogurt.

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65 comments on “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. Lizzy, I’ll eat your cookies, no questions asked! And I don’t want to think of the calories hah..hah…

  2. I love white chocolate macadamia cookies! These look fantastic!

  3. This may be The Hubs next favorite cookie, after an old fashioned choco chip.

  4. I like it that you used macadamia. They’re lovely chews on cookies! Yum!

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  5. These cookies make great snacks for the world cup, Liz! My guys will die for these! Lol!

  6. Pass the plate around this way, please! They look delicious and I need one to go with my cup of coffee now,,,

  7. These cookies look incredible, who could resist white chocolate and macadamias?!

  8. Liz!!! I love these cookies!!! I love that you took them with you to your high school reunion! and love the skinny tip!!! when I am “detoxing or dieting” I tend to make sure we have no sweets or chips in the house. . love this tip!

  9. I used to bake a similar version with rolled oats when my boys were at home. Your recipe sounds so yummy xoxo

  10. I hope you had a good time at your school reunion. I went to mine at the end of last year and it was such a treat to catch up with people I care about yet rarely see. I love how you made two versions of these cookies xx

  11. I love the “skinny tips” section 🙂

  12. I awlays get disappointed when I bite into a cookie and it’s not a white chocolate chip, it’s a nut, but when it’s both it’s great! These look super tasty!

  13. 2 sticks of butter? Now I know why these are my favorite cookies!!!! Of course the white chocolate helps too. 🙂 Great recipe!

  14. You had me on White Chocolate & Macadamia & Butter, Liz! xx

  15. I am crazy over white chocolate…These are the type of cookies that would eat the whole batch and would ask for more…

  16. Such a delicious combination! And Australian macadamias are soooooooooo good!

  17. My all time favorite cookie!! I think I shall get to it!! Yum! Thank you! =)

  18. Yum! Making these this weekend because white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are my all-time favorite!

  19. How on earth do you stay slim if you keep on baking such sinfully delicious cookies? I know I would not be able to stop eating until they are all gone!

  20. Not only are these beautiful but they sure look tasty as well! I’d definitely spend the calories on them, macadamia nuts are delicious!

  21. This is my favorite cookie. Yours look perfect!

  22. A divine combination, Liz. These would be a hit in our house.

  23. That’s funny because I just made these not too long ago and was supposed to send them to my daughter. Supposed to being the key words here. These are a classic and need macadamias are what make them so decadent!

  24. White chocolate and macadamia…too good to pass.
    Good tips, I’ve been reading them all, Liz….

    ela h.

  25. I love cookies and I would love to have a dozen of these in front of me!

  26. I am a sucker for cookies too and these definitely have my attention. I love that you added the nuts back for your half hehe – they look amazing!

  27. I would even eat these sans the treadmill:@)

  28. White chocolate and macadamia is the best combination. I forget about macadamia nuts. Thanks for a delicious reminder Liz.

  29. Love the cookies and the tip! I always ask my husband to hie the cookies and give me two for dessert so I am not tempted.

  30. These would be worth whatever time on the treadmill it might take – though I think I’ll put my time in out in the garden. It’s definitely one of my absolute favorite flavor combos!

  31. Mmmm…white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are the best and yours look perfect, Liz! I have zero will power so I try not to have snacks in the house. These cookies would be down right dangerous – I’d eat the entire batch in no time. Definitely worth the extra calories 😉

  32. Oh Gosh.. white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are amazing and yours look so delicious 🙂

  33. Hi Lizzy, there has not been any cookies that you’ve made that I didn’t crave for, and this is one of them. I love macadamia nuts, and white chocolate. Such an awesome pairing with these ingredients. Your cookies are super yummy and perfect shapes! xoxo

  34. Oh my goodness, it’s only Tuesday and I think I need to wipe the keyboard down already from all the salivating. Don’t think they’re could be an even more perfect combo than white chocolate and the macadamia nuts. Delicious!

  35. I need to make some white chocolate macadamia cookies! They made up many desserts of my youth!

  36. Yum! I love macadamia nut cookies. I can’t bake anything like that, though, because I have no willpower! So I’d eat all of them.

  37. Yum, these look delicious and I love the white chocolate macadamia nut combination. I too would have to make some sans nuts as my kids don’t like to seem them in anything. Crazy kids.

  38. Growing up, my grandmother was a huge macadamia nut fan.

  39. These sound like a winner! They wouldn’t last long in my house and I’d probably be adding more Macadamia nuts for everyone except for my daughter – my mother-in-law terrified her of nuts as a child and now she won’t eat them. Go figure!

  40. I love these cookies, they are one of my favorites. I make a recipe that is similar to this one at Christmas time. I wish I could have one right now. Lizzy your pictures are always so beautiful and they make me so hungry.

  41. Liz, these little cookies look so soft and chewy. Are your kids home for the summer holidays? You should have doubled this batch as I have a feeling they will be going fast. Take care, BAM

  42. My will power would melt as quickly as white chocolate if these beauties were in my kitchen! How great that you got to share them with at your reunion…I’m sure you were the most popular girl in the room!

  43. Gosh- I always read your posts at the wrong time…I mean, its now almost midnight and now I have a craving and urge to make these delicious looking cookies….. yum!

  44. I have to try these! I haven’t made cookies since the holidays. Another great skinny tip too!

  45. Lizzy,
    I’m a fan of Macadamia nuts and I’d eat your cookies any day! Your cookies look delicious.

  46. I lose all self control around macadamia nuts. These sound amazing, Lizzy!

  47. These could be my new,favorite

  48. this is one yummy cookie everyone will love here!

  49. These are my favorite cookies, I like them more than regular chocolate chip cookies!

  50. These are great! And they are my moms favorite. Going to make her a batch for Mother’s Day 🙂

  51. My favorite combination of flavors too!  Good thing I’m not your neighbor though. You might find an empty bag in your freezer. I would be sure to remove all of the air though, just to be polite.

  52. Yummy! Just wish I had one now! Love this cookie and have to try the recipe! I’m sure they will be devoured quickly. Thanks, Liz!

  53. These are so delicious, they are addicting!

  54. Everyone at my house loved it! So delicious!

  55. Macadamia nuts have a special place in my heart due to my love for Hawai. This cookie makes them shine. SO good.

  56. Gosh, I’m glad you brought back this recipe — I missed it first time around. And it’s a good one! Nuts for me, too, please. And I like that straw trick — I usually just try to press all the air out of my Ziploc bags, but your method is SO much better. Thanks!

  57. Can’t wait to fill my cookie jar up with these!

  58. This recipe is going straight into my recipe book!

  59. So rich and chewy, with the perfect nut/chocolate balance. Pinned to make again, these are my new favorite.

  60. Making me so hungry for sweet treats! 🙂

  61. These are SO worth a little extra time on the treadmill! I’m with you on the nuts – extra for me! And I love that you used dark brown sugar and extra vanilla for flavor depth in these classic cookies. Looking forward to trying your recipe!

  62. These make great party snacks! xoxo 

  63. Truly one of my favorite cookie flavors! LOVE, love, love these tasty bites 🙂 Pinned!

  64. I was looking for a cookie recipe for the whole family and I stumbled on this article. I read and followed the instructions carefully and I made it deliciously! Every member of my family is so happy! Thanks for this

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